This paper presents a case for developing standards for specialized support programs serving deaf students in postsecondary institutions. A step-by-step plan for producing standards for the evaluation, development, and accreditation of these programs is outlined. Criteria for forming flexible standards which (1) account for variations in program size and type and (2) enhance support services which make postsecondary education more accessible for deaf students are clarified. The importance of teamwork between postsecondary specialists and generalists to link standards for special service programs to the process of accrediting regular institutions of higher education is emphasized. An example of accrediting a special college for deaf students is discussed. Results from a process of setting priorities for future actions in developing program standards which emerged from a professional conference are reported. Expected benefits of these standards to enhancing program quality are described.
Schroedel, J., Ashmore, D. H., & Hurwitz, A. T. (2019). An Approach for Developing National Guidelines for Postsecondary Support Services Programs. JADARA, 26(3). Retrieved from https://repository.wcsu.edu/jadara/vol26/iss3/5